Mix the ginger-garlic paste, turmeric powder, salt, and 1 tablespoon of the red chili powder.
pply on chicken and set aside while you prepare the spice paste and curry. For the spice paste, heat the cast iron skillet until it's smoking
Turn the heat down. Except for the coconut and water, toast all the ingredients until they release their aroma, about 15 seconds, stirring constantly so they don't burn. Set aside to cool
Once cool, blend with the coconut and 3 tablespoons water till it forms a smooth paste. Set aside.
Heat oil until it's shimmering in the heavy-bottomed (and lidded) saucepan. Turn heat down. Add green chillies and bay leaves. Stir until fragrant, about 15 seconds
Add the onions and keep stirring until soft but not brown, about 5 minutes
Add the spice paste and keep stirring until fragrant and until oil floats on top, about ten minutes. Add the marinated chicken pieces, stir until they are coated in the spice mix, about 5 minutes
Add the remaining water to thin out the mixture for more gravy. Season with salt, stir once and close the lid. Turn the heat to medium. Cook for about 15 minutes, until chicken is tender. Open lid, stir and serve
Serve with white rice/chappathi